10 Habits of a Happy Node Hacker (2016)

At the tail end of 2015, JavaScript developers have a glut of tools at our disposal. The last time we looked into this, the modern JS landscape was just emerging. Today, it's easy to get lost in our huge ecosystem, so successful teams follow guidelines to make the most of their time and keep their projects healthy.

Here are ten habits for happy Node.js hackers as we enter 2016. They're specifically for app developers, rather than module authors, since those groups have different goals and constraints:

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Announcing Heroku + Parse: Flexible Platform Meets Feature-Rich SDKs

Most modern mobile apps depend heavily on the app’s back-end. That’s because many of the expectations users have for mobile apps today -- for the application to work regardless of network connectivity, to notify them when relevant content changes, to have integrations with the social networks they use, for appropriate levels of security, and a hundred other things -- are reliant on the app’s back-end services.

The most common pattern for mobile back-ends we see today is for developers to design, build and maintain their back-end architectures on Heroku. This approach is as flexible as it is powerful, but it requires significant engineering effort. A faster alternative would be to use a service like Parse. Using the Parse SDKs gets you some great services right out of the box. However, if you need to add customized functionality to your application at scale, there just isn't a simple way to do it.

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Introducing Heroku Private Spaces: Private PaaS, delivered as-a-Service

As the world becomes more cloud-centric, and more of our apps and business depend on its capabilities, the trust, control and management of cloud services is more important than ever. Since the first days of Heroku — and Platform-as-a-Service in general — many companies have struggled to balance the impact and success of the cloud with the control offered by traditional software and on-premise infrastructure. Too often that balance tips back towards software, with companies choosing to meet those requirements by building and running their own platforms, inevitably becoming frustrated by the resulting complexity, cost and poor experience.

Today Heroku is introducing Private Spaces, a new Heroku runtime that delivers the best of both worlds; the simplicity and success of the cloud, combined with the network and trust controls historically only available with on premise, behind the firewall deployments. Available today in public beta, Private Spaces is powered by Heroku Dogwood — an all-new runtime architecture that augments the current Cedar runtime. Spaces are being released as part of Salesforce’s new App Cloud, also launching today.

Heroku Private Spaces

A Heroku Private Space contains all of the familiar elements of a Heroku app, including dynos and data services. These elements are deployed and run in network isolated environments, separating the “private” application, including its associated data, from the “public” systems that keep it up, running and healthy.

The new mix of multi-tenant control plane with private runtimes is what makes this architecture unique, and allows it to share an identical development and deployment experience with the Heroku you know today. You develop and deploy apps in Private Spaces just like you would normally on Heroku; Heroku Button, git push deployments, review apps, pipelines, seamless scaling, self healing and Elements Ecosystem — are all included in Private Spaces.

Even better, this isolation architecture also allows for more geographic control; Spaces can be deployed in Frankfurt, Germany, Tokyo, Japan, or in the United States in either Virginia or Oregon, with more regions to be added in the future.

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Integrated security with Heroku Identity Federation

Apps are at the heart of modern businesses, and are important assets that need a secure platform geared for compliance and security. We launched Heroku Enterprise earlier this year with this in mind and today we are excited to announce the beta of Heroku Identity Federation for Heroku Enterprise customers. This feature unifies the login experience across Salesforce's new App Cloud that we announced today.

As customers like Forever Living, TV4 and Macy’s run more of their apps and business-critical services on Heroku, they need tighter integration with their existing security infrastructure. With our new identity federation feature, customers can confidently meet compliance mandates such as password complexity requirements, rotation policies, access restrictions and onboarding / offboarding procedures, without having to re-implement them on Heroku.

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Customer Centered E-Commerce: Salesforce + Heroku

Today we are releasing a reference architecture and sample app for running e-commerce apps on Heroku, with a simple pattern for integrating customer, order and product data with Salesforce via Heroku Connect. The documentation and open source repo can be found on GitHub. The key: Any transaction recorded in Heroku Postgres can be seamlessly integrated with Salesforce via Heroku Connect.

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